What's New in the County Executive's Office
Help us Balance the Budget
Over the past few years, Milwaukee County leaders have faced some difficult budget decisions. Many efficiencies have been found, and tough cuts have been made. But fundamentally, we don’t control our own destiny when it comes to balancing our budget. Going into 2019, we’re at a turning point: We face a $23.5 million budget gap, and more cuts are going to start fundamentally affecting how – and how well – we can deliver services.
Milwaukee County provides programs that give a helping hand to many of the most vulnerable in our community, and we also offer services that improve everyone’s quality of life, from the airport to the zoo. Whether you live, play or work in Milwaukee County, you’re impacted by what we do – and by our budget challenges.
That’s why we want you to be part of this process. Use our Balancing Act tool to learn more about how the County budget works and to show us your priorities. Then sign up to keep receiving info on how you can help make sure our budget is healthy, balanced and fair.
Retirement Sustainability Taskforce
County Executive Abele is launching a Retirement Sustainability Taskforce comprised of stakeholders representing employees, organized labor, retirees, the business community, elected leaders, taxpayers, and County officials. The taskforce will include the existing members of the internal County Workgroup that has started reviewing the option of joining the State Pension.
You butter believe it, the Milwaukee County Zoo ups the dining experience!
Are you looking for a unique dining experience during your next visit? The Zoo can accommodate any of your food needs, wants or desires. Service Systems Associates (SSA) began at the Zoo one year ago, as the Zoo’s new concessions, merchandise and catering partner. Transitioning in upcoming years, SSA is working towards adding more local suppliers where possible, drawing upon Milwaukee’s rich culinary heritage. As part of the partnership, new food locations are now offered, at competitive and affordable prices.
Meet Your County Executive
County Executive Chris Abele’s forward-thinking, yet pragmatic, vision is to create a model government that promotes social and racial equity and makes fiscally sustainably investments in critical priorities such as public safety, community health, senior and veterans services, and transportation infrastructure, among many others. He is also committed to maintaining essential amenities that support Milwaukee’s unique flavor and quality of life such as our award-winning parks system, museums, and other cultural institutions.
Abele seeks to engage business leaders, community leaders, government, law enforcement, non-profits, faith leaders and healthcare organizations in these efforts. Finding partners in every corner of our community is key to empowering more people and improving outcomes in our communities.
For more than two decades, County Executive Abele has been a successful business owner. He currently runs a growing real-estate company and venture fund that has created net new jobs and attracted new business to Milwaukee. Most recently, County Executive Abele started Ward 4, the city’s largest start-up hub, which aims to spur economic development through creation of a space for early-stage companies.
County Executive Abele is also dedicated to personal philanthropy and volunteer work that has included serving on and leading numerous local, national and international nonprofit boards. He currently serves on the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Schools that Can-Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee Film Festival, which he co-founded. He has received numerous awards for his effective leadership and speaks regularly on leadership, philanthropy and nonprofit best practices.
County Executive Abele was first elected in 2011, and re-elected in 2012 and 2016.